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8 days, 80+ river miles, 1 backpack, and some of Utah’s finest wilderness

I first laid eyes on Desolation canyon when I picked up a guide book for hiking while I was driving through Utah in 2008.  I sat in my truck flipping through the guide book after buying it and remember seeing the authors pictures.  The pictures said it all.  That was where I wanted to go.  It took me a year and change to finally do it but it was worth the wait.  Below are a select few of the photos I took while hiking this amazing piece of ground.  I will try to give somewhat of a short narrative of … READ MORE >

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Prescribed Fire


What happens when you give 20 guys drip torches and tell them to burn as much as they can.

It’s early may in region 3 (Arizona and New Mexico for all you non-forest service folks) – this is the time of year you usually see big wildfires around here.   It’s hot and dry.  The season has been unusually slow though, which is strange since region 3 had an extremely dry winter.  I was expecting to get the call to go somewhere – like the Coronado in southern Arizona (where temp’s are usually above 90 and erratic winds usually make for … READ MORE >

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